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Three join the ranks of Plastics Pioneers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 11th, 2010

There are three new members of the Plastic Pioneers Association: Glenn Anderson Jr. of Milacron, Al Hodge of R&B Plastics Machinery, and Dennis Richmond of Nypro Inc. The announcement was made by PPA president Vince Witherup.

Anderson is VP/general manager for North America injection molding and global extrusion business at Milacron. Prior to his more than 20 years with that company, he was with Sterling Extruder. He is a member of SPE and SPI, and in the latter is vice chair of the Equipment Council and a member of the NPE 2012 Executive Committee.

Film insert molding demonstration

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 11th, 2010

Mastercraft Companies’ Polycraft Industries division will showcase its Film Insert Molding capabilities along with Hytech Forming Systems (USA) Inc., a Phoenix-based IMD (in-mold decorating) and FIM (film insert molding) equipment and tooling supplier, at an open house on Friday, May 21. Mastercraft and Hytech have been working together on a new FIM product for a customer of Mastercraft’s.

Colored medical grades boast superior color accuracy, surface quality

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 11th, 2010

Specifically formulated for precision catheter components, custom colored medical grade polymers from PolyMedex Discovery Group (Putnam, CT) claim superior color accuracy and surface quality as compared to traditional generic color concentrates.

Plastics supply news: Total adds C4 to its production mix

By MPW Staff
Published: May 10th, 2010

With the start of its new ethylene cracker in Qatar complete, plastics supplier Total Petrochemicals has added butene linear low-density polyethylene (C4-LLDPE) to its portfolio and now offers the resin to Europe. The material could cause some problems for competitors, most of who rely on oil for feedstocks. Total derives its ethylene from less expensive natural gas.

Interactive materials marketplace helps engineers and resin suppliers connect

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 10th, 2010

A little over one year since securing its first outside funding and five months from launching its new Marketplace system, Inventables continues to redefine how material suppliers and buyers interact and how new materials, including plastics, are researched and sourced. Zach Kaplan, who co-founded Inventables.com in 2002 and has since bought out his partner, spoke with PlasticsToday about where the company stands now and the changes it's implementing for the site.

Plastics additives: PCC plans a new plant in California

By MPW Staff
Published: May 10th, 2010

Plastics Color Corp. intends to open a fourth plant, this time in California. The new facility, scheduled to open this fall, will handle increased business from the food processing, medical device, medical packaging, and pharmaceutical businesses, according to the company. Sun Valley has an extensive manufacturing base and is home to plastics processors including Valley Manufacturing & Engineering, Exacta Plastics, Circle K Plastics, JB Custom Mold Manufacturing Inc., and more.

High-end PA captures memory card connector application

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 10th, 2010

Taisol Electronics, the second-largest memory card maker in Taiwan, was looking primarily for a material that would reduce warpage in its 5-in-1 memory card connectors, but liked how DSM's Stanyl ForTii included halogen-free flame retardance, and stiffness even at high temperatures, while reducing product cost to customers.

Recycling efficiency magnified with magnetic separator advances

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 10th, 2010

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has developed an innovative new design for its Magnetic Cross-Belt conveyor product line for continuous over-conveyor separation of ferrous materials that features structural enhancements, an improved magnetic deep-reach circuit, and tramp metal deflector shields that increase protection of the belt.

McCalmont takes over PTP’s three facilities

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 7th, 2010

Injection molder Premier Technical Plastics Inc.'s (PTP) three facilities in the U.S. are under new ownership following a management buyout led by Jim McCalmont, who had been president of PTP. The seller was global shipping power A. P. Moller - Maersk Group, which last December sold all of the operations of processor Rosti Technical Plastics (Larkhall, Scotland) outside the U.S.

Engineering resins to play starring role in next-generation hybrid, electric vehicles

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 7th, 2010

New automotive grade offerings in the Noryl modified polyphenylene oxide (PPO) and Valox polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) portfolios of Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) are designed to help automakers create alternative power train solutions by displacing weight and increasing performance for hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and battery electric vehicles (BEV) according to the supplier.

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